read in 2001

  • 1-01 Peppers by Amal Naj
  • 1-02 Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • 1-05 Survival, Evasion, & Escape by Hank Malone
  • 1-05 The Loved One by Eveyln Waugh
  • 1-07 The Martians by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • 1-18 The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith by Peter Carey
  • 1-21 Inversions by Iain M. Banks
  • 1-29 Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • 1-31 The Warrior's Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • 2-07 Burning in Water Drowning in Flame by Charles Bukowski
  • 2-10 True Minds by Spider Robinson
  • 2-11 Great Jones Street by Don DeLillo
  • 2-15 Straight Man by Richard Russo
  • 2-22 Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
  • 2-23 The Dreams Our Stuff is Made of by Thomas M. Disch
  • 2-25 Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • 3-03 The Autobiography of Malcolm X
  • 3-04 Big Trouble by Dave Barry
  • 3-05 Covert Culture Sourcebook by Richard Kadrey
  • 3-07 The Smithsonian Institution by Gore Vidal
  • 3-10 The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
  • 3-12 Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement
  • 3-17 A Widow for a Year by John Irving
  • 3-27 Real Live Nude Girl by Carol Queen
  • 3-29 A Spell for the Fulfillment of Desire by Don Webb
  • 4-02 Mendoza in Hollywood by Kage Baker
  • 4-03 The Graveyard Game by Kage Baker
  • 4-06 The 158-Pound Marriage by John Irving
  • 4-09 The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • 4-10 User Friendly: the comic strip by Illiad
  • 4-14 The Immense Journey by Loren Eiseley
  • 4-15 The Republic of Dreams by G. Garfield Crimmins
  • 4-18 Great Apes by Will self
  • 4-22 The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe
  • 4-26 The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living by Martin Clark
  • 5-03 Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede by Bradley Denton
  • 5-05 Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
  • 5-07 Jazz: America's Classical Music by Grover Sales
  • 5-13 Affliction by Russell Banks
  • 5-16 How Like a God by Brenda Clough
  • 5-18 Spacetime Donuts by Rudy Rucker
  • 5-24 Little Altars Everywhere by Rebecca Wells
  • 5-25 The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells
  • 5-28 Pastwatch by Orson Scott Card
  • 6-03 Naked by David Sedaris
  • 6-04 Black Cocktail by Jonathan Carroll
  • 6-06 Squashed Armadillocon by Paul Riddell
  • 6-13 The Secret History of Food by Susan Tomnay
  • 6-14 Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
  • 6-16 The Double by Don Webb
  • 6-27 The Glory Road by Robert A. Heinlein
  • 6-29 Borders of Infinity by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • 6-29 Oranges by John McPhee
  • 7-03 Venus Envy by Rita Mae Brown
  • 7-06 Strange Fruit by David Margolick
  • 7-06 Dry Water by Eric S. Nylund
  • 7-06 Eric by Terry Pratchett
  • 7-11 Essential Saltes by Don Webb
  • 7-15 American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • 7-20 Trailerpark by Russell Banks
  • 7-21 Dancing Queen by Lisa Carver
  • 7-23 Mindfield by Gregory Corso
  • 7-28 Out on Blue Six by Ian McDonald
  • 7-31 The Ark Sakura by Kobo Abe
  • 8-03 The Dance of the Voodoo Handbag by Robert Rankin
  • 8-05 Road Fever by Tim Cahill
  • 8-06 Jazz by Mervyn Cooke
  • 8-06 Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World by Donald Antrim
  • 8-07 Flying Dutch by Tom Holt
  • 8-09 The Tax Inspector by Peter Carey
  • 8-10 Who's Afraid of Beowulf? by Tom Holt
  • 8-15 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • 8-20 Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett
  • 8-22 A Degree of Mastery by Annie Tremmel Wilcox
  • 8-27 Travels in Hyperreality by Umberto Eco
  • 8-29 Deserted Cities of the Heart by Lewis Shiner
  • 9-03 Letters Back from Ancient China by Herbert Rosendorfer
  • 9-03 Adios Muchachos by Daniel Chavarria
  • 9-07 The Best Thing I Ever Tasted by Sallie Tisdale
  • 9-10 Automated Alice by Jeff Noon
  • 9-12 Timeline by Michael Crichton
  • 9-16 High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  • 9-17 What She Saw... by Lucinda Rosenfeld
  • 9-21 Fools by Pat Cadigan
  • 9-27 How the Dead Live by Will Self
  • 9-30 Freezer Burn by Joe R. Lansdale
  • 9-30 The Gryphon by Nick Bantock
  • 10-10 True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
  • 10-15 Frontera by Lewis Shiner
  • 10-15 A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • 10-17 Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  • 10-20 Realware by Rudy Rucker
  • 10-22 The Truth by Terry Pratchett
  • 10-27 Only Human by Tom Holt
  • 10-29 Crygender by Thomas T. Thomas
  • 10-30 30 Days in Sydney by Peter Carey
  • 11-1 Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
  • 11-2 Bellwether by Connie Willis
  • 11-5 Room Temperature by Nicholson Baker
  • 11-6 Slam by Lewis Shiner
  • 11-12 The Big Bazoohley by Peter Carey
  • 11-14 Love Warps the Mind a Little by John Dufresne
  • 11-15 Master of Space and Time by Rudy Rucker
  • 11-15 Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
  • 11-17 Cetaganda by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • 11-22 Illywhacker by Peter Carey
  • 11-25 Dangerous Angels by Francesca Lia Block
  • 11-26 Songmaster by Orson Scott Card
  • 11-27 Introducing Chaos by Ziauddin Sardar and Iwona Abrams
  • 11-27 Sailing Alone Around the Room by Billy Collins
  • 12-1 Encyclopedia of Unusual Sex Practices by Brenda Love
  • 12-1 Mondo 2000: A User's Guide to the New Edge edited by Rudy
  • Rucker, R.U. Sirius & Queen Mu
  • 12-3 Fortune Hotel edited by Sarah Champion
  • 12-3 Ventus by Karl Schroeder
  • 12-4 Endless Honeymoon by Don Webb
  • 12-4 Strange Kaddish edited by Clifford Lawrence Meth & Ricia Mainhardt
  • 12-10 A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  • 12-12 Laughter by Robert R. Provine
  • 12-13 More Effective C++ by Scott Meyers
  • 12-16 Strange Trades by Paul Di Filippo
  • 12-21 Indian Killer by Sherman Alexie
  • 12-22 Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart
  • 12-22 Mockingbird by Walter Tevis
  • 12-23 Odds & Gods by Tom Holt
  • 12-24 Junky by William S Burroughs
  • 12-25 Cordelia's Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • 12-26 Booked to Die by John Dunning
  • 12-28 Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • 12-30 Einstein's Bridge by John Cramer
Author Comments: 

This is a duplicate of books read in 2001 off my website.

Did you enjoy Love in the Time of Cholera? I did.

Have you read One Hundred Years in Solitude yet? An even better book, in my humble estimation.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

loved it. One Hundred Years of Solitude was a couple of years ago. I remember liking it but I'm not sure which one I liked better.

I'm wondering now how much of the rest of his stuff is worth reading. (I've picked up a few more that are now part of my HUGE pile of books to be read)

I just finished Big Trouble myself - entertaining, but it sounded too much like his columns (which I love as columns, but not as novels).

It also suffered because I read it immediately after Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen, who is the master of the over-the-top Florida crime genre. I can't recommend him highly enough. One of these days I'm going to create a list or article centered around his books.

What did you think of Straight Man? Having loved the movie Nobody's Fool, I've wanted to check out Russo for some time.

Big Trouble worked pretty well for me in that I read it on a plane. Nice light somewhat humorous reading, but nothing earth-shattering.

Straight Man was pretty good. It gave some insights into academic feuding that I hope aren't entirely accurate. Worth reading but it wouldn't be at the top of my list of recommendations.

Isn't 03-05 Covert Culture Sourcebook?

yup, typo. thanks

Isn't a Widow for One Year great? John Irving writes such great female characters!

I've liked all of his stuff. It was interesting though that i finally watched The World According to Garp the same weekend that I finished Widow.. Certain ideas definitely do tend to recur in his stuff. I'd just never read any of the books close enough together to notice.

Kristin, I didn't know you were a Don Webb fan? Or was that your first book by him?

That was my first, but I enjoyed it. Suggestions for the next one to read?

The Double! :-)

now on hold at the library....

So what's the verdict on Fast Food Nation?

Fascinating but in a way I wish I hadn't read it. I don't eat much fast food anyhow, but the info on the meatpacking industry in this country scared the hell out of it. It seems like a semi-hopeless thing. I'm not a particularly good candidate for vegetarianism (won't eat tofu or beans) and like meat from time to time, but that book make me feel like it's semi-hopeless.

Yeah, I had the same feeling at times. I still eat meat, I just find myself seeking out smaller producers. Locally I've found markets that sell free-range chickens (which are more expensive, but taste better). I haven't found a source of red meat yet that I'm fully satisfied with, but there might be some local producers that I haven't discovered. I have to check into it more. One of the wedding presents we got years ago was a Kitchenaid mixer, and I have a meat grinder attachment for it. So if I can find a reputable source of steaks I can grind my own hamburger, which means I can avoid the revolting recollections of what goes into pre-ground hamburger meat. So really the changes in my diet are these: no more fast food chains, and no red meat for now (and probably never in restaurants). I still eat lots of chicken and fish.

Amusingly enough, a few weeks ago in amazing bout of garage sale karma, I got a kitchenaid mixer for $15. It has a big metal meat grinder but I can't seem to get it apart to clean it.

$15?!!! That's great. I really must start frequenting tag sales. We actually just had a tag sale of our own, but we weren't selling anything nearly as cool as a working Kitchenaid.

I don't normally go to them actually. I'd gone for a walk, gotten around the corner and stopped, bought it and walked home. (those things are HEAVY)

Damn, you are one quick reader! :-) So did you enjoy The Double?

yup. :)

You know I can't help commenting on the Terry Pratchett entries. :-) I notice that you just finished Men at Arms. The "Guards" books are easily my favorites of the Discworld books. Do you have a favorite "sub-series" or set of recurring characters in the Discworld books?

Not really. I've liked all of the ones I've read. I think Rincewind's one of my favorite characters though. (and i WANT the luggage)

I've only read one of the Rincewind books, but I know what you mean about the luggage. I'm kinda a Death fan myself (in part because it's too hard to pick a favorite from the Watch characters). Just finished Hogfather and Reaper Man and enjoyed them both.

I haven't read Reaper Man yet. Hmm.. Could do a list on favorite Pratchett books (with that list comprised of all Pratchett books I've read).